Extraordinary sciences is only possible with an extraordinary team.

PML, and the broader Khan Lab, brings together some of the brightest minds, young and experienced, from all corners of the country.

We pride ourselves in being a diverse, mission-driven, deeply passionate team of molecular biologists, microbiologists, data and computer scientists, physicians and social scientists that come together to innovate, build and solve.

Our cross functional team has access to state-of-the-art research tools including next generation sequencing, molecular biology and protein biochemistry tools, human cell culture facilities, high-performance computers and deep technical expertise.


  • Dr Faisal Khan

    Principal Investigator; Assistant Professor, Institute of Integrative Biosciences, CECOS University and Director, Joint Center for Bioeconomy, IMSciences

  • Dr Fazle Raziq

    Co-investigator; Consultant and Head, Department of Pathology, Rehman Medical Institute

  • Dr Johar Ali

    Co-prinicipal investigator; Head of Genomic Sciences, Rehman Medical Institute and Adjunct Professor, CECOS University

  • Dr Zubair Durrani

    Co-investigator; Consultant, Rehman Medical Institute and Head of Department, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Rehman College of Dentistry


  • Abdus Salam
    MPhil in Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

    Project Areas: Metagenomics; Drug Repositioning; Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Aqsa Hussain
    BS Microbiology , University of Peshawar
  • Arsalan Riaz
    BS Biotechnology, CECOS University, Peshawar Project Area: Epigenetics of Head and Neck Cancer
  • Asma Qudrat
    MPhil Microbiology, AWKU, Mardan
  • Farah Naz
    MPhil Biotechnology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad
  • Hina Zamir
    MPhil Biotechnology, University of Peshawar, Peshawar Project Areas: Tumour Biorepository
  • Khudeja Salim
    MS Biotechnology, CECOS University, Peshawar

    Project Areas: Salivary Biomarkers; Diagnostics; Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma.
  • Laiba Shah
    MS Biotechnology, CECOS University Project Areas: microRNA; Oral Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Sabaoon Zeb
    MS Bioinformatics, NUST, Islamabad

    Project Areas: Cancer models; Cell lines; Head and Neck Cancer
  • Shagufta Rehmat
    MS Biomedical Sciences, NUST, Islamabad

    Project Areas: Analysis of secondhand smoke in indigenous population.
  • Umama Qasim
    MPhil Microbiology, University of Peshawar
  • Yusra Ilyas
    MPhil Zoology, University of Peshawar

Data Scientists

  • Hammad Iqbal
    BS Software Engineering, Abasyn University, Peshawar
  • Mansoor Alam
    MS Mechatronics Engineering, UET Peshawar
  • Saad Zaheer
    MS Computer Science, NUST, Islamabad Project Areas: DNA Methylation; Head and Neck Cancer


  • Madina Barakzai
    BDS, Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar
  • Momal Agha
    BDS, Sardar Begum Dental College, Peshawar
  • Rida ul Haya
    BDS, FCPS 2 trainee, Khyber College of Dentistry, Peshawar
  • Zainab Jahan
    BDS, Sardar Begum Dental College, Peshawar Project Areas

Fab-lab Engineers

  • Jamil AhmedFab-lab Engineers


  • Ijaz ul Haq
    Ijaz ul Haq
    ACCA, UK Areas: Finance, HR, Procurement and Administration
  • Shahram Yusuf Khan
    MS Biomedical Engineering, NUST, Islamabad Project Areas: Ecosystem Outreach, Communications, Tech Transfer, Sustainability, Industry Linkages

Skunkworks Members

  • Mehwish Rehman
    Mehwish Rehman
  • Nadia Sarwar
    MS Student, Jiangan University, Wuxi, China   Project Areas:
  • Rimshah Sabir
    Rimshah Sabir

Research Students

  • Mohsin Shahab
    Mohsin Shahab
    CECOS University, Peshawar
  • Muneef ur Rehman
    BS Student, Institute of Integrative Biosciences; Project Areas: Deinococcus spp; Chassis; Astrobiology
  • Quratulain Danish
    BS Student, Institute of Integrative Biosciences Project Areas: Cancer Pathways; Microgravity

Summer Interns

  • Dawood Khan
    Dawood Khan
    A Levels, Aitchison College, Lahore
  • Furqan Sethi
    Furqan Sethi
    FSc, Cadet College Kohat
  • Haya Basit
    A Levels, Bloomfield Hall School, Peshawar
  • Muhammad Ibrar
    Muhammad Ibrar
    Muhammad Ibrar
  • Omar Amin
    A-Levels, Bloomfield Hall School, Peshawar
  • Radiyah Nouman
    A-Levels, Beaconhouse School FC Campus, Peshawar
  • Sulaimaan Khan
    A-Levels, Aitchison College, Lahore
  • Zainab Ali
    A-Levels, Beaconhouse School FC Campus, Peshawar


  • Afaq Khalid
    CA-inter Project Areas: Finance, Procurement, HR, Administration
  • Ahmer Bin Hafeez
    MPhil Microbiology, University of Peshawar

    Project Areas: Computational Biology
  • Amna Gul
    BS Biotechnology, University of Peshawar

    Project Area: The BioEconomy landscape of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan
  • Atiqa Tariq
    BS Biotechnology, University of Peshawar
  • Habib Jan
    PhD Genomics, Justus Liebig University, Giessen Germany

    Project Areas: Genomics of Oral Cancer
  • Habiba Faiz
    BS Applied BioSciences,  NUST, Islamabad
  • Ibrar Amin
    MS Computer Science, KUST, Kohat
  • Idrees Ahmad
    BS Electrical Engineering, FAST NUCES, Peshawar

    Project Areas: Hardware/MEMS
  • Jalees Ur Rahman
    MS Computer Engineering, GIK Institute, Swabi

    Project Areas: DNA methylation; Kidney Cancer
  • Maryam Shah
    MPhil Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering, University of Agriculture, Peshawar

    Project Areas: Protein-Protein Interaction (PPI)
  • Masood Ahmad
    ACCA, Association of Chartered Certified Accountants UK

    Project Areas: Finance, Procurement, HR, Administration
  • Mian Behzad Nadeem
    BS Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering, KUST, Kohat

    Project Areas: Soil microbiome; Martian Soil Simulants
  • Muhammad Hasnain
    BS Biotechnology, CECOS University, Peshawar
  • Sajjad Hussain
    MS Computer Engineering, GIK Institute, Swabi

    Project Areas: Skin Cutaneous Melanoma (SKCM); DNA Methylation; RNA-seq
  • Umair Wali Khan
    BDS, Ghandara University, Peshawar